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Zebra Plant

Aphelandra squarrosa

Plant Type
Annual
Mature Size
1-6 ft tall, 1-5 ft wide
Sun exposure
Indirect light, partial shade
Soil Type
Moist
Soil PH
Neutral, acidic
Bloom Time
Summer, fall
Flower Color
Yellow
Hardiness Zones
11-12 (USDA)
Native Area
Brazil
Toxicity
Zebra Plant

Introduction

Aphelandra squarrosa, more commonly known as the Zebra Plant, is a tropical perennial native to Brazil. Featuring striking variegated foliage with alternating stripes of green and cream-white, this plant truly stands out in any indoor garden.

The Zebra Plant prefers bright indirect light and does best when evenly moist soil. It is highly sensitive to drying out so regular waterings are important for its health. However, it appreciates some neglect and too much water can also be harmful so avoid over-watering at all costs! 

Despite its need for somewhat precise care requirements, the vibrant appearance of the Zebra Plant provides an incredible wow factor that makes it worth your while—perfect for impressing friends or livening up any room’s decor.

Zebra Plant Care

The Zebra Plants love a warm, humid environment, indirect light, and well-drained, slightly acidic soil. Their care needs are more demanding compared to other houseplants, as they require consistent moisture, high humidity, and regular feeding during their growing period. However, the striking appearance of the Zebra Plant makes it worth the extra effort.

Light

Zebra Plants need bright, but indirect sunlight. Too much direct sun can lead to scorching of the leaves, while too little light can cause the leaves to lose their vibrant colors and distinct zebra-like patterns. A north or east-facing window is typically ideal.

Soil

These plants prefer a rich, well-draining soil that is slightly acidic. A good option would be a peat-based potting mix. Ensure that the pot has drainage holes, as Zebra Plants do not tolerate water-logged soil.

Water

Zebra Plants like consistently moist soil, but it's crucial to avoid overwatering. Water the plant thoroughly when the top layer of soil begins to feel dry to the touch. Never let the plant sit in water, as this can lead to root rot.

Temperature and Humidity

Zebra Plants prefer a warm environment with temperatures ideally between 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit. They do not tolerate cold drafts or sudden temperature changes well. These plants also need high humidity, so consider placing a tray with water near the plant, misting it regularly, or using a room humidifier.

Fertilizer

To keep your Zebra Plant healthy and blooming, feed it with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season (spring through early fall). Reduce feeding during the winter months to once a month, as the plant enters a resting phase. Always follow the instructions on your fertilizer package to prevent overfeeding, which can lead to salt build-up in the soil and harm the plant.

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